ALC- Reading/Language Arts Instructor

  • Hawkeye Community College
  • Jun 22, 2022
Full time Education

Job Description

Reports To: High School Completion Program Coordinator                       


Job Summary

Do you enjoy teaching? Are you passionate about making an impact and empowering others with life changing opportunities? Is it your time to help be the difference? If so, Hawkeye Community College has a great opportunity for you!


The Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center is looking for a full-time Reading/Language Arts Instructor to join their team. While working at the Adult Learning Center, you are helping make a meaningful impact on the everyday lives of their students. Students are empowered to get the education and skills they need to thrive at work, school, home and in their community all while earning their high school equivalency diploma or learning the English language.


As the full-time Reading/Language Arts Instructor, you will be planning and delivering whole group reading and writing instruction to help students prepare for the HiSET reading and writing exam in order to earn their High School Equivalency Diploma.  Additionally, this position will work with students to integrate College and Career Readiness Standards, 21st Century Employability Skills, and CASAS GOALS competencies.


These non-credit reading and writing courses are part of the Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) program, which is funded by and operated in accordance with the federal and state Department of Education. Classes operate on a quarter system under managed enrollment and run year-round.


Hawkeye Community College is a comprehensive community college focused on meeting the needs of the community by providing quality, affordable learning experiences for a diverse student body through our Adult Learning Center, Business and Community Education Department as well as through more than 50 career and technical programs and liberal arts transfer programs.  Hawkeye Community College’s mission is about empowering students, strengthening businesses and enriching communities with a vision to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. 


Essential Job Functions

Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Teaches both morning and evening reading and language arts classes with the High School Completion program as assigned.
  • Teaches face-to-face, online, remote, blended/hybrid, and distance learning classes in both synchronous and asynchronous modalities.
  • Provides instruction in reading, writing, composition, grammar, proofreading, typing, and formatting of word processing documents.
  • Updates, expands, improves, and maintains standards-based curriculum that prepares students for high-stakes testing.
  • Prepares standards-based lesson plans, activities, assignments, and assessments that are tailored to specific skill levels.
  • Delivers whole group instruction to help students prepare for the HiSET reading and writing exams.
  • Creates and expands reading and language arts content for students in the Canvas learning management system and Google Drive. Instructs students on how to utilize the system.
  • Oversees HSC students who are enrolled in the asynchronous online courses.
  • Employs instructional methods and materials that are appropriate for meeting stated objectives.
  • Assesses student progress on a regular basis.
  • Utilizes classroom technology and integrates digital literacy into lessons.
  • Uses explicit instruction and participatory learning techniques.
  • Works with a diverse population of students who are primarily adults but as young as 16 years and 9 months of age.
  • Provides guidance, support, and motivation for students who have encountered academic difficulties.
  • Works with students to integrate College and Career Readiness Standards, 21st Century Employability Skills, and CASAS GOALS competencies.
  • Ensures class compliance with federal, state, and college requirements.
  • Makes recommendations for purchases of new teaching materials, books, and digital tools.
  • Maintains daily attendance records for face-to-face, remote, and online students.
  • Maintains integrity of assessments.
  • Identifies areas of student need and differentiates instruction.
  • Understands and adapts to different learning styles.
  • Provides instructional accommodations as needed.
  • Prepares students for postsecondary education and training, employment, and better employment.
  • Learns and applies new strategies and methods.
  • Assists Coordinator with class placement of students.
  • Implements Department of Education initiatives in the classroom.
  • Collaborates with other content area teachers and program coordinator for student success.
  • Attends regular staff meetings and professional development.
  • Participates in retention, recruitment, and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
  • Serves on internal and external committees.
  • Maintains student confidentiality.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Reading, English Language Arts, Communications or closely related field.
  • One-year teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated high proficiency using Google Suite.
  • Demonstrated ability to work a flexible schedule which includes Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach year-round, including summers.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and interact effectively and courteously with diverse staff, students, and general public.
  • Demonstrated ability to work innovatively, individually as well as in teams.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through inclusive behaviors and helping contribute to a culture of inclusivity, and a vibrant, diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environment.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s in Education.
  • Teaching certification.
  • Experience in Adult Education and Literacy (AEL), High School Completion (HSC), Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED), and/or with HiSET/GED tests.
  • Experience with instructional/classroom technology.
  • Experience with online, hybrid, or distance learning.


Working Conditions

Anticipated schedule is:  Monday-Thursday daytime hours with Tuesday/Thursday being a longer workday which includes evening hours until 8:30 pm.


Requires skills for succeeding in an office environment, using technology. Requires good hand-eye coordination including visual acuity to use a keyboard and read technical information; arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp. Work is performed in an office setting. Sit, stand, bend, lift and move intermittently during working hours. During the course of the day, interact with students, faculty and staff in person, by telephone and computer.



Employment Status

Full time, exempt, grant funded position with comprehensive benefits program including health, dental, vision, life, and LTD insurance, a Section 125 plan for medical and dependent care expenses; holiday, personal, sick, and vacation leave; tuition reimbursement; and a choice of retirement programs—IPERS (defined benefit) or TIAA (defined contribution).


Application Procedure

  • Complete online application at
    • Submit/upload a resume.
    • Submit/upload 3 references with a minimum of 1 being from a past/current supervisor.
    • Submit/upload a cover letter that briefly addresses the following:
      • Describe your interest and/or experience in working with AEL student populations.
      • Describe your knowledge of instructional strategies for teaching reading and writing to adults.
      • Describe your ability to use Google applications, learning management systems, and classroom instructional technology.
      • Provide examples from your past experience that best illustrate your ability to work effectively with diverse groups of students and staff.
  • Submit an online application and all required materials by Sunday, July 10, 2022. Preference will be given to applicants who submit the required materials on or before July 10th. The position will remain open until filled.


Hawkeye Community College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, committed to equity and diversity in its educational services and employment practices: The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex; race; age; color; creed; national origin; religion; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity; genetic information; or actual or potential parental, family, or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices. Veteran status is also included to the extent covered by law. Any person alleging a violation of equity regulations shall have the right to file a formal complaint. Inquiries concerning application of this statement should be addressed to: Equity Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator for employees, 319-296-4405; or Title IX Coordinator for students, 319-296-4448; Hawkeye Community College, 1501 East Orange Road, P.O. Box 8015, Waterloo, Iowa 50704-8015; or email, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, email:

If any applicant is in need of a reasonable accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.


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